Campbell, Joseph

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Campbell, Joseph Gender: M
Joseph John Campbell
born on 26 March 1904 at 19:25 (= 7:25 PM )
Place White Plains, New York, 41n02, 73w46
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 05°55' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 03°42 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 20°55'

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American writer and leading authority and lecturer on mythology, the psyche and symbolism.

Campbell was the son of a hosiery importer and wholesaler. He had a childhood fascination with "Buffalo Bills Wild West Show", which performed annually at the old Madison Square Garden, with cowboys and sharpshooters. He made many trips with his brother Charles, and sister, Alice, to the American museum of Natural History, which enhanced his interest in the Indian culture. When he was nine years old, he invaded the public library next door to his home, and read all the books about Indians within a year.

Already a "good little anthropologist" as a preparatory student at the Canterbury school in New Milford, he devoured pioneering studies on the pacific people. By the time he entered Dartmouth College, Campbell was ahead of his classmates. He transferred after one year to Columbia University, where he changed his major of Biology to Literature.

Upon completing his BA studies in 1925, he received his MA in 1929 for his Masters thesis. He won a traveling Proudfit fellowship, for the strength of his thesis, to go to the University of Paris in 1927, where he studied Old French and Provencal. Campbell attended the University of Munich in 1928, but returned to New York in 1929. He was greeted by the Wall Street financial debacle two weeks after arriving in the U.S., having a season of unemployment.

For the next five years, he traveled between Woodstock in New York and California. In Carmel, he met John Steinbeck and his wife Carol, settling down with them for awhile. He later sailed up the Alaskan coast with biologist Ed Ricketts, then he taught at his alma mater, the Canterbury school, in 1932-33. He next accepted an offer to teach at the literature department of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, in 1934, where he stayed as a faculty member until 1972.

Campbell became a close friend of German Indologist, Heinrich Zimmer, at Columbia. When Zimmer died in 1943, his widow asked Campbell to edit his papers and he devoted the next 12 years to this task. His first book as sole author was "The Hero with a Thousand faces," 1949. He became a visiting lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute of the United States Department of State in 1956-73.

Campbell died of cancer of the esophagus on 30 October 1987 at age 83 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His TV series on PBS, shown in 1988, was an exhilarating, constantly provocative exploration of man's history of myth. His mind was broad and deep, and his persona witty, curious and eloquent.

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  • business associate/partner relationship with Wilson, Margaret Woodrow (born 16 April 1886). Notes: Co-edited 'The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna'
  • spouse relationship with Erdman, Jean (born 20 February 1916). Notes: 1938-1987


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1949 (First book published)
  • Death by Disease 30 October 1987 (Esophageal cancer, age 83)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Erin Cameron quotes his mother, 1981. The Joseph Campbell Foundation website states, "on March 26, 1904, Joseph John Campbell was born in White Plains, New York" [1].


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (BA, MA, Masters)
  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa level: notably erudite)
  • Traits : Personality : Articulate (Erudite, fascinating)
  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all (Immensely popular)
  • Traits : Personality : Mystical
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Esophagus)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (Edited Zimmer's papers for 12 years)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Canterbury School, Sarah Lawrence)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Series on Myth)
  • Vocation : Science : Anthropology
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Edited Zimmer's papers 12 years)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Mythology)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Linked Eastern and Western thought)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection